Systems Engineering (Part time)

Master in Systems Engineering – Part time

Kongsberg - Part time

Meet tomorrow’s challenges with a master’s degree in Systems Engineering. This programme is ideal for you if you are already an engineer.

Study facts

  • Progression of study: Part time
  • Campus: Kongsberg
  • Teaching model: On Campus
  • Study level: Further education
  • Charge: NOK 25 000 (NOK 20 000 for sit-in-course without an exam). Master Project (30ECTS) costs NOK 42 000
  • Credits: 90
  • Closing dates: Rolling admissions
  • Start up: Rolling admissions
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 8
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Why study Systems Engineering?

Systems engineering is a recognized method of developing systems in the motor and oil industries,  computing, networking, communications and R&D. A master's degree in Systems Engineering will qualify you to participate in and manage the development of complex products and interdisciplinary systems.

The master’s degree in Systems Engineering is a unique engineering programme in Norway, due to its close collaboration with both international and leading Norwegian companies. This master's degree programme is part of the knowledge project of the Norwegian Centre of Expertise in Systems Engineering (NCE-SE). It is also one of the technology pilot programmes of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO). The local industries made USN Kongsberg a natural choice for the pilot project.

If you have just completed a bachelor’s degree programme and have not yet secured a job, you can take the Master in Systems Engineering as a three-year full-time programme. You will then be provided with a temporary part-time job in a company,  concurrent with your studies. Systems Engineering can also be taken as single courses.

What you will learn

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary master’s degree programme that focuses on how to design and manage complex systems throughout the life cycle of products. Systems engineering is the ultimate tool for the rapid conversion of knowledge into competitive products and services.

This master’s programme consists of systems engineering courses and elective courses. Your choice of specialization subjects will depend on your professional background, current job, employer’s demands and your prospective career.

You can choose to specialize in the following areas: Systems Engineering, Subsea Engineering, Embedded Systems, Business and Management, Industrial Domain and Product Development. Other specializations at other colleges or universities are also possible for our students.

Structure of the programme

This programme is designed for people who already have a job and want to take a master’s degree while working. You can decide the pace yourself. We are not concerned with any agreement you may have reached with your employer about classes, studying and assignments. It is sufficient that you attend classes and submit assignments on time.

All tuition is arranged as intensive sessions. The systems engineering subjects consist of one week of intensive instruction, followed by ten weeks for working on a project assignment. In addition to attending the intensive sessions, you must set aside time for completing project assignments.  

The master thesis will be linked to development projects in the company where you work. At least six months of the programme will be allocated to you for completing your master’s project.

This part-time programme is worth 90 credits. It consists of four mandatory subjects, four elective subjects and one master thesis.

With a master degree consisting of 90 credits does not qualify you to further study at PhD level. PhD study requires a Master degree consisting of 120 credits.

The Part-Time master in Systems Engineering will give you the title: Master in Systems Engineering (Experience-based).


Each course costs NOK 25 000, which includes:

  • Registration and supervision
  • Examination fees

The Master Project course, worth 30 ECTS, costs NOK 42 000. If you want to take a module without an examination, it will cost NOK 20 000 per course. 

NB.  In order to be awarded credits, you must submit and pass the written assignment.

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describe the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.

Study plan for 2023 autumn

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or exact sciences, or similar
  • A bachelor’s degree in natural science or technology provided that it contains at least 20 ECTS mathematics and/or statistics or physics
  • A cumulative grade point average of C or above
  • At least two years relevant work experience

Please submit a transcript of your grades and relevant certificates with your application. For the part-time programme, please apply via the application system “EVU søknadsweb”.

Any questions?